ISBN 9780962886454
Pages 92
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2003
Publisher African Heritage Press, Nigeria
Format Paperback

I Want to Dance and Other Poems

by Tanure Ojaide

Winner of the 2003 Association of Nigerian Authors' Prize for Poetry.

A new poetic work by one of Nigeria’s foremost contemporary poets, I Want to Dance is an extended song cycle, divided into three parts. In the song, the poetic voice undergoes a journey of experience from west to east and night to day and reflects upon moving away from and returning to home.

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About the Author

Tanure Ojaide

A renowned poet, Tanure Ojaide has won major national and international poetry awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), twice the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988 and 1997), and thrice the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize (1988, 1994 and 2004. In 2016 Ojaide was awarded the the prestigious Fonlon-Nichols Award at the 42nd annual African Literature Association (ALA) conference in Atlanta.

For Tanure Ojaide, "the creative writer is never an airplant, but someone who is grounded in some specific place. It is difficult to talk of many writers without their identification with place. Every writer's roots are very important in understanding his or her work." He has read from his poetry in different fora in Africa, Britain, Canada, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, and the United States. Some of his poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, Spanish and French. He is currently the Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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